Author Archive for Dan Rapoport

11
Feb
10

The Galactic Empire Invades Dubai

It seems the Rebel Forces are outnumbered:

Check out the link for more of  Cédric Delsaux and Pierrick Gueneugue’s awesome work:
http://www.amusement.fr/index.php?/gallery/start-wars/
(scroll sideways)

(And while you’re at it – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZooYDKIDOaQ
A Star Wars themed Adidas line, video complete with Daft Punk soundtrack and lots of great cameos)

18
Jan
10

Site topography

I’ve used Jeremy’s topo map to create a 3D topo file in Rhino

Enjoy,
Dan

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VDE1QZI1

09
Jan
10

Pythagoras’ Golden Ratio shows itself in the Quantum World

http://science.slashdot.org/story/10/01/09/032229/Golden-Ratio-Discovered-In-a-Quantum-World
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio#Architecture

“Scientists have for the first time observed a nanoscale symmetry hidden in solid state matter. ‘In order to study these nanoscale quantum effects, the researchers have focused on the magnetic material cobalt niobate. It consists of linked magnetic atoms, which form chains just like a very thin bar magnet, but only one atom wide.’ By artificially introducing more quantum uncertainty, the researchers observed that the chain acts like a nanoscale guitar string. The first two notes show a perfect relationship with each other. Their frequencies (pitch) are in the ratio of 1.618, which is the golden ratio famous from art and architecture. The observed resonant states in cobalt niobate are a dramatic laboratory illustration of the way in which mathematical theories developed for particle physics may find application in nanoscale science and ultimately in future technology.”

14
Oct
09

From Google Earth to VRay

Hey guys,

just thought I’d share this with everyone.  Turns out that .skp files (SketchUp) are directly importable to Rhino.  Not only that, but they retain their material properties in VRay.  Some of the textures are actually ridiculously detailed; this is not visible in Google Earth due to its need for speedy rotations and zooming.

Here is the unmodified SketchUp file of Brunelleschi’s Duomo in Florence, Italy rendered in VRay:

Florence Duomo, rendered by VRay

Florence Duomo, rendered by VRay

It isn’t perfect, but for quick site renderings this could really speed things along.

Sidenote-
Just about every building in Oakland has been modeled in Google Earth thanks to our local CMU Google offices,  meaning that for the Museum East and West sites, many sketchup files are available in excellent detail.

This  includes the Carnegie Museum of Art:
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=d718b9f1c4bd0ece45f5590ac69325a5&prevstart=0

-Dan

09
Oct
09

Bayer’s ‘Media Facade’ redefines building-vertising

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/09/bayers-media-facade-redefines-building-vertising/#continued

From Engadget:

“You may think that once you’ve seen one building turned into a massive billboard you’ve seem them all, but that would mean you probably haven’t seen the so-called “Media Facade” now adorning Bayer’s former HQ in Leverkusen, Germany. Built by ag4 media facade GmbH and GKD AG, the massive display apparently consists of 5.6 milion LEDs that cover the entire 17,500 square meters of the building, and which can be lit up at will to pump out gigantic advertisements worthy of any science fiction movie. You’ll note this is the former Bayer headquarters — it seems that the promise of ’round the clock ads visible for miles around saved the building from the wrecking ball.”




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